Giggs: 8 years without winning the FA Cup is far too long
RYAN GIGGS says eight years without winning the FA Cup is far too long.
The Manchester United veteran, 39, admits he is lucky because he has four wins to his name.
But only two other team-mates have savoured a Cup triumph — Paul Scholes and Robin van Persie, who won it with Arsenal.
Now, on the eve of the fifth-round clash with Reading, Giggs says it is time to put matters right.
He said: “We haven’t had a good record the last few seasons.
“And it’s a shame for Rio Ferdinand and the others because it still has that magic.
“So there is real determination to win it this year.
“We’ve a great history in the competition but in the last 10 years we definitely haven’t done ourselves justice.
“We’ve had tough draws but probably haven’t produced at the right time either.
“So everyone is keen to get back to Wembley this season — and not just in the Champions League final.
“It will be difficult because there are a lot of good teams still left in it.
“But I know it’s a brilliant trophy if you can go all the way.
“So we definitely want to stay in it as long as possible this time.
“We don’t want a weekend when the FA Cup is on and we are not playing.”
No chance that United will be taking it lightly against Reading tomorrow then, even after their titanic tussle with Spanish champions Real Madrid in midweek.
Giggs added: “No it’s an equally important game because we need to keep the good form and run going. In football you cannot just turn things on and off.
“And we know anything can happen in the FA Cup — and we have to make sure our concentration levels are as high as they were against Real Madrid. Then, hopefully, we can get into the next round “The hunger is there for us in this competition, which is the most important thing and the form is good individually and as a team.
“So if we play to our full potential then we should be OK.”